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Titel: Hortense Is Abducted
Verlag: Dalkey Archive Press, Elmwood Park, IL, USA
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good
Auflage: First Edition.
minor shelf wear along the edges of the cover, Buchnummer des Verkäufers 106195
Inhaltsangabe: On the sixth prie-dieu of the ninth row of the Church of Sainte-Gudule the corpse is discovered. Chief inspector Blognard is on the scene, as is our narrator, now married to Hortense, the delectable star of Roubaud's first novel "Our Beautiful Heroine". But will they succeed in detecting the criminalperhaps the same?before his plot to kidnap the lovely bride succeeds? Or perhaps Carlotta, the fifteen-year-old redhead, her mysterious black cat Hotello, and the Poldevian pony prince Cyrandozoi will prevail where lesser men have failed?
The delightful imaginary world brought into being in Jacques Roubaud's first novel comes to uproarious life again in this sequel. While the murder investigation is afoot, teenage girls argue the relative merits of the rock groups Dew-Pon Dew-Val and Landau Valley, Pere Sinouls tries to program a computer to take his place at the organ so that he can continue to practice Beeranalysis, and the clientele of the Gudule Bar debate the reality of Infinity. The author's whimsical touch and deft craftsmanship intermingle reflections on the novel, asides to the reader, and a rich gallery of comic characters enmeshed in a peculiar intrigue that spirals like the Poldevian coat of armsa snail.
Über den Autor:
Jacques Roubaud (born 1932 in Caluire-et-Cuire, Rhône) is a French poet and mathematician, and a member of the Oulipo group. He has also published poetry, plays, novels, and translated English poetry and books into French such as Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.
Roubaud's fiction often suppresses the rigorous constraints of the Oulipo (while mentioning their suppression, thereby indicating that such constraints are indeed present), yet takes the Oulipian self-consciousness of the writing act to an extreme. This simultaneity both appears playfully, with his Hortense novels, Our Beautiful Heroine, Hortense in Exile, and Hortense is Abducted, and with the gravity and reflection of the writing act as the affirmation of one's worth and existence in The Great Fire of London, considered the pinnacle of his prose.
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